Disciples’ children shone during this year’s qualifiers for the World Youth Chess Championships held in the first week of July at the Simba Union Club in Nairobi Kenya. Raisa Wanjiku and Gilliane Otieno finished on joint top in the under-10 category while Maxrole Wambua finished third in the boys’ under-10 category.

Raisa Wanjiku from Shepherds Junior School was the overnight leader after collecting five points out of five matches. Wanjiku who represented the country in last year’s World Youth championships held in Slovania beat Wanjiku Kimberly in their fifth match. Gilliane Titi from Nairobi Pentecostal Church Academy was second in this category after winning four out of five matches.

In the boys’ under-10 category, Maxrole Muia was leading after five rounds on four points. He was followed closely by Shah Darshan who also had four points while Raja Ishan remained in third position with 3.5 points.

The competition is being used to pick those who will represent the country in various international competitions to be held later this year. This includes the African Youth championships to be held in Egypt from September 1 to 10 and the World Junior under-20 championships to be held in Turkey in September. The youth qualifiers is also being used as the first round of the World Youth Championships to be held in Dubai in December.

Champion Raisa Wanjiku and her school chess club members  and her mother Mary Gitau and Teacher Irene

Champion Raisa Wanjiku and her school chess club members and her mother Mary Gitau and Teacher Irene

Gilliane and her first opponent at Simba Union Club

Gilliane and her first opponent at Simba Union Club

Gilliane and her first opponent at Simba Union Club

Gilliane and her first opponent at Simba Union Club

Kimberly Wanjiku and opponent

Kimberly Wanjiku and opponent

Kimberly Wanjiku pupil of Jonathan Cloag finished position5 in girls under 10yrs

Kimberly Wanjiku pupil of Jonathan Cloag finished position5 in girls under 10yrs

Maxrole and opponent

Maxrole and opponent

Part of the chess championship qualifiers at Simba Union club

Part of the chess championship qualifiers at Simba Union club

Raisa and school chess club members joined by Maxrole Tracy and Titi Zawadi

Raisa and school chess club members joined by Maxrole Tracy and Titi Zawadi

Winners in under 8years Raisa position1 Tracy position3 and Gilliane position2

Winners in under 8years Raisa position1 Tracy position3 and Gilliane position2

 Winners of under 8yrs boys and girls:Gilliane position 2, Tracy position 3, Raisa position1, Maxrole position 3 and Shah Darshan position 1

Winners of under 8yrs boys and girls:Gilliane position 2, Tracy position 3, Raisa position1, Maxrole position 3 and Shah Darshan position 1

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